De Lancey Jr., Oliver

New York Loyalist, succeeded Major Andre as Clinton’s spymaster, Adjutant General of British Army in North America 1781-83

Price: $195.00

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(1749-1822) British soldier, son of prominent, powerful New York Loyalist Oliver De Lancey Sr. With 17th Dragoons 1773 (to 1795 when he became their Colonel, succeeding 1st Duke of Newcastle) in Boston, Long Island, Jamaica, Pennsylvania & New Jersey battles. Deputy Quarter Master General in Clinton’s Charleston Expedition, succeeded Major John André as Clinton’s Adjutant General 1780 and reorganized secret service in the North. Adj. Genl. of British Army in No. America May 1781, promoted to Lieut. Colonel. British Army Barrackmaster General for 10 years at end of War, Major Genl 1794, General 1812. 9 x 7 ¼ ALS, Marylebone Street (London), April 21 1786, 2pp (1st & 2nd pp of folded sheet), to Lieut. Col. Ross. Delancey pens a letter of recommendation for Mr. David Vanderheyden whom De Lancey has recommended “…to Lord Cornwallis’s protection…” having been in the civil administration of Bengal since 1777 in Calcutta, amongst his qualities “…he has made himself master of the language of the country…”. Col. Alexander Ross (1742–1827) was Cornwallis’s aide-de-camp and secretary. After the surrender at Yorktown and end of the Revolutionary War, Lord Cornwallis returned to Britain, and in 1786 was appointed Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief in India. He instituted land reforms and reorganized the British army and administration.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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